on 12 September 2013
Although the concept of finding the slot on the way down is valid, the way to achieve it, as mentioned in this book, is to start the downswing with the hips! This is the same advice that is given in almost all instruction books and videos so really there's nothing new here. Unfortunately, unless you can practice for hours as the pro's do, it is very difficult to time the downswing with the weight transfer and still hit the ball well. I would go as far as to say that unless you hold back intentionally onto your right foot, you alsmost certainly transfer the weight onto the front foot anyway but you don't realise it. Trying to emphasise this move only leads you into trouble. In my case, I can transfer the weight perfectly but can still swing over the top and ruin the shot! In my opinion, the transition from the top of the backswing into the downswing is the most important move in golf and it's the shoulders that can throw this move out of plane and it only takes a tiny move to do this. For me, concentrating on the shoulder move at the very start of the downswing improved my golf. The weight transfer happened automatically. From the top of the backswing, the right shoulder has to move down first. Any move horizontally, however small, will have you swinging over the top and it doesn't matter how good your backswing was or how well you transfered the weight or cleared your hips, the shot will be ruined. It's a shame that Jim McLean didn't use the opportunity for this new book to explain a more modern way to slot the swing rather than the old moving the hips advice as being the answer to everything.